New Delhi: The peak power demand of the national capital has broken all its previous records and reached 7,241 MW at 3:29 PM on Monday. Last year, the peak demand was recorded at 7,016 MW.Also Read - Delhi Airport Readies To Take Stern Action Against Fliers Flouting Home Quarantine Rules | Details

“On July 1, the all-time peak power demand reached 7,241 MW, crossing last previous high of 7,016 MW by 225 MW met on July 9, 2018,” an SLDC official said. Also Read - PM Modi Meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Delhi, Says India-Russia Ties Stronger Than Ever

Experts believe that cooling load is the main factor behind the increase in Delhi’s power load. Also Read - International Flights: Delhi Govt Issues Show-cause Notice to Etihad Airways Over 'Omicron Concerns'

“In fact, according to estimates, almost around 50% of Delhi’s power demand in summers is because of the cooling load (ACs +cooolers + fans),” a discom official told a leading portal

Before Monday, the highest peak power demand was recorded on June 2, when it reached 6,560MW. That was higher than the peak load of 2017 — 6,526 MW on June 6, 2017.

Delhi’s power demand had crossed the 6,000 MW for the first time in 2016 (6,216 MW on July 1), Times of India reported.